Chef John's Zabaglione


In this classic Italian dessert, sweet, juicy fruit is enveloped in a rich but impossibly light custard.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 20 mins
2 servings


  • ½ cup strawberries - hulled, halved and sliced

  • 1 teaspoon white sugar

  • 3 large egg yolks

  • 3 tablespoons white sugar

  • ¼ cup dry Marsala wine


  1. Gently stir the strawberries and sugar together in a bowl. Cover and let sit at room temperature until juices release, about 1 hour.

  2. Divide fruit between 2 small, clear serving bowls or stemmed cocktail glasses.

  3. Place egg yolks, sugar, and marsala into metal mixing bowl. Set over burner on low heat. Hold rim of bowl with a potholder. Whisk until mixture forms loose peaks, 7 or 8 minutes. Mixture should feel warm to the touch.

  4. Spoon custard over the strawberries. Serve while custard is still warm.

    close up view of Zabaglione served in glasses
    Chef John

Cook's Note:

Instead of placing the metal mixing bowl over low heat to whisk the custard, you can set the bowl over a pot of slowly simmering water.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

213 Calories
7g Fat
27g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 213
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 2g 12%
Cholesterol 307mg 102%
Sodium 15mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 23g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 23mg 114%
Calcium 41mg 3%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 115mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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